Phillip is based at NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators s.r.l. in Italy.
Project Title & Synopsis: Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Freshwater Ecosystems
I am based at Nemo (Italy) and focus my research on indirect and direct biological impacts of AIS on native species. I will investigate disease transmission, evolutionary effects and economic damage caused by burrowing activities of the crayfish Procambarus clarkii, a potential vector for the so-called crayfish plague. I will furthermore assess the trophic effects of the introduced american bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus by conducting stomach content analyses. Finally, possible interactions among invasive species will be considered.
Host Institution/s: Department of Biology, University of Florence & NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators s.r.l.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Felicita Scapini & Dr. Elena Tricarico
Biography: After attending Highschool in Osakis, MN (USA) and finishing my A-levels in Germany, I studied Biology at the University of Kassel with a spezialisation in Animal- and Plantphysiology, Limnology and Botany. My thesis focused on the biogeographic distribution, evolution and systematics of Thaumaleidae (Diptera) in Europe. After graduating, I stayed in the Department of Limnology at the University of Kassel and focused on a monitoring study on amphibian populations and species diversity in the nature reserve Dönche in Kassel (Germany). I consider myself a biologist with a broad interest in conservation of ecotype biodiversity, herpetology and limnology. Currently I am a PhD student at the University of Florence focusing on the impacts of aquatic invasive species in fresh water ecosystems.
Haubrock, P. J., & Altrichter, J. (2016). Newts in the nature reserve Dönche: Evaluation of diversity, breeding behaviour and threats due to a decline in habitat suitability. Biologia, 71(7), 824-834.
Haubrock P. J. & J. Altrichter (2016). Northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus) migration in a nature reserve: multiple incidents of breeding season displacements exceeding 1km. Herpetological Bulletin, 138: 31.
Diploma in Biology – University of Kassel,Germany